As Floodlight Revolution is gearing up to launch, Steve Lamb is taking a step back from live performance for the time being. Steve is in the midst of a very exciting and busy life season – graduating college, grad school on the way, a full time career, and a soon arriving new addition to the Lamb family. Steve will be sorely missed from live performances during this season, but the show will go on with the addition of Luke Sanders, and other coalition musicians.
Floodlight Revolution manager James Miller states “Steve is still an integral part of the Floodlight Revolution. Though he won’t be performing live for some time, he has already completed studio tracks for an upcoming release. He will likely contribute to future studio recordings, and eventually make a live appearance again. We wish Steve and his family well during this transitional period. We’ll continue to pray for them, and thank our heavenly Father for our brother.”
Floodlight Revolution welcomes new team member and guitarist, Luke Sanders to the coalition.
The newbie of the group, is a talented guitarist in his own right, rocking out regularly with the sounds of ONEEIGHTY Band. He brings to the table a huge platter of guitar tones, with an amazing taste for what works in a song. Add him to the roster of guitarists that don’t talk much, but speak volumes (and VOLUME!) with a guitar in hand.
Good morning revolutionaries. It is with great joy that I announce to you another forward step in the evolution of Floodlight Revolution. A few months ago I presented to my fellow core musicians, Steve and Dan, that I really have a vision of Floodlight Revolution being more than a band, but instead a voice for like-minded people. I want us to be an audible and visible portion of a group of people committed to living our their lives with God, among people. For a variety of reasons, the typical American idea of a “band” is of a group of people that are united by their desire to play music together. In our case, that would be sort of a Three Musketeers approach…but that’s more of an “us and them” view than I felt comfortable with.
Here’s why. For any band to be successful, it takes LOTS of people other than just the musicians to make it work. Floodlight Revolution isn’t just about the music though. It’s about the heart behind the music – a desire to see people learn what life is meant to be when they encounter a fundamental change through God’s Word to us. It is for that reason the core team of Floodlight Revolution has made a decision to open things up a bit more. We want you to be involved in the workings of an actual team that is determined to deliver the heart of our mission in a personal way.
With the adoption of this new strategy last week, Floodlight Revolution is no longer just a band, but a ministry fronted by a band. We have a number of practical changes in the works that will help us to realize this goal. If you would like to participate, or feel you have a talent or skill to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
A thought from the leading of the Holy Spirit this morning. Truly we are living in the last days before rise of Antichrist Our time is short. The enemy opposes our work as parents, spouse, ministers, artists, voice of reason, and truth. Do not be discouraged. Fulfill your duty with Strength.
I wanted to provide a bit of additional information about Psalm 1. While the previous post on establishing the text applies obviously to Psalm 1, the chapter itself is a peculiar chapter. It was most likely written after the completion of the rest of the text and added as an introduction to the book. Furthermore the book of Psalms is actually a collection of 5 books, arranged not in chronological order, but instead by purpose. We don’t know what person or people arranged the books, but can only attribute it to the work of the Holy Spirit. The first 8 chapters of the Psalm 1 function as an introduction to the greater work. Also in it we will see the first major theme introduced. I can think of no better extra-biblical introductory chapter that ties together the origin of such a number of teachings and themes.
The Hebrew Bible is divided into three parts; the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. The Psalms begin the third division. In the complete Bible, the Psalms are the central part. Every type of human experience is covered within those pages, chosen to be included by the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Psalms were written by many different authors, among them are praise, prayers, descriptions, and prophecy, written by king David, Asaph, the children of Korah, one by Moses, perhaps two by king Solomon, and many with no name attached.
The Psalms are helpful in times of sorrow. They are comforting. They produce deep devotion, worship, and dependence on God. Strikingly, though written in a seemingly haphazard non-chronological order over a period of at least 1000 years B.C., the entire set of 150 poems is arranged and divided into 5 books, each corresponding in theme with the books of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy).
The Psalms provide an (a surprising amount to me) amount of prophetic content. In the course of this study, we will try to establish what was the original intent of each chapter/passage, and then where necessary and fitting make proper application. We will seek to avoid making non-contextual based application, even if it contradicts popularly held opinions of the religious. Our purpose is to seek truth. Journey on!
Once upon a time…I didn’t have a very high opinion about the book of Pslam. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it. I just didn’t find it very important. I figured the book was merely a book of poetry, and some of it so antiquated that it really wasn’t all that useful to me. Why would I want to hear someone else’s whining? Oh yeah…I thought that there was a lot of whining in it.
Since those days I’ll say like many other thoughts I’ve had on the Bible, my view of the Psalms has changed drastically! For that to happen, I had to suspend my preconceived notions and study in context with my mind set on truth. I hope if you have not found how helpful this book is, that you will join this journey and discover its immense worth as well.
In recent weeks I’ve had some distractions, but I’m glad to begin this study in earnest. By now you might be wondering what “before the text” is. Allow me to explain.
When studying the Bible, we each read it through the lenses of our past experiences, church background (if any), religious beliefs, and moral character, perhaps among other things. Such lenses color our understanding of the Biblical text. We usually try to make Scripture say one thing or another, perhaps using proof texts, or bending the text to fit our beliefs.
This is not what the Bible is for. It is a standard by which we should change our understanding. The original authors wrote their words, inspired by God, to a specific audience, in a specific time, with a specific meaning in mind. Often that true, original meaning is lost to us because we don’t understand all that was involved. In order to truly understand, and later apply Scripture, we should seek to understand the conditions in which it was written, to whom, and why. Then we can make proper application when fitting (and it usually is proper to make application).
That being said, before we read Psalm chapter 1, I want you to consider your background, and what influences your understanding of the Bible. Make a list of all of the related experiences and question each one of them. This exercise will be highly personal. My hope is it will set you into a pattern of self-examination before studying of each chapter and/or section of this endeavor.
May we each be objective and find Truth.